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Wagoner County Sheriff's Office: Man dies after struggle with deputy

Posted at 7:19 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 21:57:08-04

WAGONER COUNTY, Okla. — A man in his thirties died after a struggle with a Wagoner County Sheriff's Office deputy on Monday night, officials said.

At about 9:55 p.m. on Monday, a deputy spotted the driver of a vehicle who was doing donuts on Highway 51 westbound.

After a traffic stop was made, the deputy said the driver, a man in his early to mid thirties, was acting suspiciously and did not comply with commands.

Officials said the man lunged at the deputy and tried to take his gun, at which point a fight ensued for several minutes. Deputies who were sent to assist the initial deputy were delayed by a train in Wagoner, officials said.

At one point, the deputy tasered the man. The man was eventually taken to the hospital by EMSA, where he died.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the situation.

The medical examiner is working to identify the man, and determine a cause of death. Officials said no firearms went off during the struggle.

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